How to shoot sea at night? (3 replies and 6 comments)
I am shooting a short film that will take place at sea at night. I don't have the budget for giant lights and I was just thinking of shooting with the moonlight and some smaller lights for the close-ups. Does anyone have advice on how I can light the sea at night properly and on a budget?
And also if you shot similar scenes and can explain what you did, it will be great.
I don’t know much about your story, location and intention for the scene but I shoot night scenes at the beach with a small budget using 2 different methods. The first one we did day for night ( long scene) for the second scene (very short scene, little dialogue). We shot a dusk and dawn and set up few practicals where we needed them (bounce and/or neg fill for the faces)
Great. Thank you!
You might think about day for night, which can work if there are no artificial sources. Look at the opening of 'Hell in the Pacific'. Actually, watch it all. It is a great film.
Thank you. Maybe I will, never tried it before so I will have to go out and play with it a little bit. Do you know a place where I can learn it or do you some tricks up your sleeve?
Great film, one of Marvins best performances. Easy for him being an ex marine.
One trick is to shoot in B&W with a red filter to take down the sky. As 'moonlight' appears basically monochromatic to the eye, you then add a blue tint in post. This trick was used in 'Castaway', I believe.
Okay. Requires a lot of experimenting. Thank you very much for your time
"Jonathan Livingstone Seagull" did that too since they had to frame birds against a sky and shoot day-for-night.